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Find Wind, Clear Morning/Gaifu Kaisei; from the series: Fugaku sanju-rokkei
MNK VI-491
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A view of Mount Fuji in southern wind, when the beauty of the weather corresponded with the colours aligning themselves on the slope, must have been an enticing challenge to the artist. Hokusai reproduced the view, endowing it with the mark of his own vision of the world. The print owned by the National Museum in Crakow has been proclaimed by experts to be one of the most beautiful existing examples of delicate operation of colours on a woodblock plate, where azures subtly merge into the red of the slope.

History of the Object
Although in Feliks Jasieński’s collection of books, which is presently in the custody of the Cracow Museum, there are numerous auction catalogues, among which are catalogues of the Barboutau, Bing, Burty, Gillot and Hayashi collections, it is impossible to associate them with specific works of the Jasieński collection on the basis of short descriptions of individual items.

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Type
Print 
Materials
Colour woodblock print on paper, nishiki-e 
Measurements
oban yoko-e 
Creator name
Katsushika Hokusai 
Creator date
1760-1849 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1823-1829 
Function
artwork 
Acquisition
Donated by Feliks Jasieński (1861-1929) in 1920. Feliks Jasieński was a Polish collector, connoisseur, critic and music lover, and outstanding personality. His interests in art and music, as well as his personal intellectual and social qualities, brought him close to the artistic elite of Paris, the capital of art. Feliks Jasieński donated about 15,000 art objects from the Far and Middle East, Poland and other European countries to the National Museum in Cracow. Japanese art was represented by approximately 6,500 items, including paintings, sculptures, fabrics, kimonos, obi sashes, lacquerware, ceramics, enamelware, bronzes, dyeing stencils, decorative art objects, arms and armours. The widest range of 5,000 objects was provided by the most valuable and consistent group of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints which were Jasienski’s first and probably strongest fascination. 
Copyright
The National Museum in Cracow 
Acknowledgements
Beata Romanowicz, Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow and Zofia Maria Alber (1924-1999), Former Head Curator of the Far Eastern Art Department, The National Museum in Cracow. 
Owner
The National Museum in Cracow 
Museum
The National Museum in Cracow 
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